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Barnstead NH News

October 1, 2014



Letter To The Editor


I am running for a third term in the New Hampshire State legislature as an  INDEPENDENT.      In social issues, I am personally and religiously conservative, but as a public representative, I consistently support the right of people to choose their own path even if I believe these wrong personal decisions may cause them and society pain in the future.   I have stood up against efforts to radically change many of the basic  foundations of the healthy system of laws, developed over the years, which have made New Hampshire one of the best and balanced states in the Union in the area of low taxes, personal freedom, employment, low crime rate, education and compassion for our neighbors, who are elderly, disabled and poor.  I will continue to seek the efficient use of tax dollars and encourage Private-Public partnerships (as  exemplified in the new Alton Community Center Project, which I have led) that can achieve our common goals without picking winners and losers.


In my  48 year career as pastor of medium sized churches, I have been a very fiscally responsible manger of other people’s money, while creatively advancing the growth and health of the organization. This mindset has continued since I entered the political arena as selectman and legislator.  I have sought to achieve productive results with limited government funds combined with volunteer involvement and private sector contribution. In general, I believe that government should create or respond to opportunities where an environment can be created for non-profits and private individuals to work together improving and supporting a vital, healthy community.


If you  want a legislator who seeks to address the complex issues before us with respect and honest dialogue , I would appreciate your vote this November  as State Representative from Belknap District #8 (Alton, Barnstead and Gilmanton)  


Peter Bolster



Oscar Foss Memorial Library News

Library Book Sale


In preparation for our Fall Book Sale on October 17 & 18th, the Oscar Foss Memorial Library will now be accepting donations through Wednesday, October 15th. Your donations can be dropped off during library hours and can include gently used hard and soft cover books, DVDs, CDs, audio books, and VHS tapes. Items not accepted are textbooks, magazines, encyclopedias, condensed books pre-2008, or materials that are damaged, moldy, etc. If you are planning on donating over 30 books, please call ahead so we can prepare for your arrival. Interested in volunteering at the Fall Book Sale? Give us a call or stop by; we are always looking for community member involvement. We appreciate and thank you for your continued support. 


American Heart Association CPR/AED Class

On Monday, October 20th at 6pm the McGregor Institute of EMS (an affiliate of the Durham Ambulance Corps) is holding an American Heart Association AED course at the library. The program is free, but there is a $25 materials fee. Participants must pay at the time of registration. You can pay by credit online by visiting our website (oscarfoss.org) or stop by the library to pay with cash or check. Registration ends on Friday, October 10th and space is limited, so reserve your spot today!


October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Tiffany Fuller, MS, of the NH Department of Health and Human Services will be at the library on Thursday, October 23rd at 6:30pm for a discussion about breast cancer awareness and the Breast and Cervical Cancer Program. Join us to learn more about this program and the free breast and cervical cancer screening it provides for women who meet certain guidelines. 


Please call the library (269-3900) or visit our website (oscarfoss.org) for more information about these or any of our other programs or events. There is always something happening at the Oscar Foss Memorial Library! Library Hours are: Monday; 2pm-8pm, Tuesday & Wednesday; 10am-5pm, Thursday; 5pm-8pm, Friday; 2pm-5pm, Saturday; 9am-Noon.



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A lovely Queen size sampler quilt is being raffled off by the Women’s Fellowship of the Congregational Church of North Barnstead to support our outreach programs in the community.


The quilt was made as a group project by members and friends of the Church. It contains appliquéd squares in a variety of nature themed designs, and was long armed quilted in an all-over wave and bird pattern.


The raffle winner will be drawn at church on Sunday Dec 14th, in time for Christmas gifting.  You can see the quilt and purchase tickets at The Chichester Country Store, 257 Main St Chichester, just off Rt 28. You are encouraged to stop by for some of their famous cider donuts and take a chance on this unique quilt! Tickets are $5 ea, 3 for $10 and 7 for $20. It will also be viewable at North Barnstead Congregational Church’s Annual Pumpkin and Pine Fair Saturday Nov 1st. Questions? Contact Mary Ellen 435-0260. Thank you for your support.



Letter To The Editor


It’s been several years since Barnstead has had a representative in the New Hampshire House who has worked to support my family and other working families in my community. In November, Barnstead will have a chance to send someone to the NH House who understands what it takes to support, preserve and protect our families, our schools, our communities and our environment.


Bruce Marriott’s priority is supporting families through access to healthcare, secure jobs, excellent public schools, affordable higher education, safer communities, and a healthy environment. He is a stark contrast to our current House Representative, Guy Comtois who voted to repeal public kindergarten, repeal consumer protections, to legalize excessive interest rates for title loans and “installment loans”, and to repeal coverage of early intervention services for children.  Guy Comtois voted against funding for community mental health services for children and adults, against expanding Medicaid to cover working families without health insurance, against prohibiting certain employer discrimination, and against increasing the minimum wage in NH. The list is far longer, but suffice to say that Guy Comtois had a 100% rating by Americans for Prosperity, a billionaire funded anti-government extremist group that lobbies for corporate welfare, slashing environmental protections, undermining good secure jobs, and abolishing public education.


Remember in November that our local races at the bottom of the ballot have a huge impact on our families. We need to get out to vote and get others out to vote for Bruce Marriott who will work for us in the NH House.


We are ready for a change from the obstructionist policies that have diverted us from creating jobs and building our communities. Let’s make Barnstead a partner in moving New Hampshire forward. Vote for Bruce Marriott to represent Barnstead in the New Hampshire House. 


Diane St Germain

Center Barnstead



Executive Councilor Joe Kenney To Address 

Belknap County Republican Committee 

On Wednesday, October 8


The Belknap County Republican Committee has announced that their next monthly meeting has been scheduled for Wednesday, October 8 at 6:30 pm at the Top of the Town Restaurant, 88 Ladd Hill Rd in Belmont. 


As you probably know, the campaign season is in “full swing”! With that in mind, the Committee is pleased to announce that Executive Councilor Joe Kenney will be their guest speaker at the Oct 8 meeting.  Kenney won the special election earlier this year to fill the late Ray Burton’s seat as the District 1 Executive Councilor, and is now running for a full 2-year term on what is also know as the “Governor’s Council”.  Kenney will share his many accomplishments during his abbreviated term, as well as his plans and goals for the next two years.  


As is always the case, Belknap County GOP meetings are open to ALL Republicans and like-minded Independents. Per their usual meeting format, if you’re interested in having dinner (at your option) and/or wish to socialize before the meeting, plan to arrive as early as 5:00 pm.


The Committee once again reminds everyone planning to attend to bring a non-perishable food item to the meeting for distribution to local food pantries.


For more information, please check our website at www.BelknapCountyGOP.org, or send an email to alan.glassman@gmail.com  



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